Apr 25
7PM
The Redirect: Technology after CapitalismSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater
151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
April 25th, 2019 7-8PM
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A collaboration between Public Books and SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge initiative, this discussion explores how tech might be redirected beyond capitalism, towards an alternative future. Could new technologies, whether imagined or real, point to a shared future of economic cooperation and democratic decision-making? Could new technologies prioritize addressing human needs and the greater threat of climate change? Or has history shown us that our faith in tech is misplaced—that its abuses and manipulations outweigh its potential to liberate? Referencing science fiction, art, design, and beyond, the panelists investigate the possibilities of a new technological dawn. Participants include Finn Brunton, Kim Stanley Robinson, Xiaowei Wang, Andrea Steves, and Caitlin Zaloom.
May 2
7PM
The Art of Appropriation and Intellectual PropertySFMOMA, Public Knowledge Library, Floor 2
151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103
May 2nd, 2019 7-8PM
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Many notable modern and contemporary artists use pre-existing objects or images from logos and advertising, to celebrity portraits for example in their work to challenge the ways we engage with art. Appropriation often raises questions of originality, authenticity and authorship. What are the bounds of appreciation versus appropriation? How do the principles of intellectual property protect against or encourage appropriation in art?  This talk discusses how appropriation manifests itself in visual art, shifting our understanding of creativity and the meaning of ownership.
May 9
7PM
Global Cities and Their DiscontentsSFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater
151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103
May 9th, 2019 7-8PM
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A collaboration between Public Books and SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge initiative, this discussion explores the impacts of globalization with an eye to the specific San Francisco Bay Area context. How do the consequences of global capital in San Francisco from hyper-gentrification to sea-level rise reflect challenges for cities around the world? How does San Francisco’s tech-based knowledge economy create greater disparities and complexities in addressing injustice? Can a city be reclaimed through its public spaces and institutions? Can discourse, neighborhood advocacy, and activism revitalize our civic imagination? Panelists include Saskia Sassen, Teresa Caldeiras, and Sophie Gonick.